Mixed bags as mercury drops
Daniel Piazza

Mick Caulfield with a 1.2m cod caught on a big surface lure.

The trout population has taken a fair hit in recent years with all the Murray cod stockings, but this year’s trout breeding cycle has started off very brilliantly, with some great days fishing being had by persistent and avid anglers.

The areas you want to look for and fish are near the Big River arm and Goughs Bay. As I mentioned in the last article, flat lining pink lures seems to be the go for trout. Tassie Devils and StumpJumpers in 50-70mm sizes are perfect.

Frazer Boat Ramp is still producing a good mixed bag of fish the trees, and the area directly out from the boat ramp is still producing good numbers of natives and redfin.

The rock walls near Frazer are a great place to try your luck on yellas in winter. This time of year I like to target them with single arm spinnerbaits. Make sure you don’t go too big, as it could spook the school. Spinnerbaits in 1/2 and 3/4oz sizes are plenty big enough in around 12m of water, and drifting and jigging the spinnerbait up and down off the bottom should entice a bite. I like to count how long it takes for my spinnerbait to reach the bottom, and adjust my sink time depending on where the fish are holding. It’s a little difficult to start off, and getting your drift right while jigging can be challenging, but trust me when I say, this works. You should try drifting the whole rope swing wall, as this holds the most fish during winter. You can even throw baits such as worms and yabbies. These are good choices because of how natural they look drifting through the water.

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